Wherever you look in San Antonio, there are plenty of plantation shutters
choices. And when you are figuring out which non-wood shutter is best for you, some differences may be tough to recognize. You can pick the wrong type without knowing and end up investing in shutters that won’t last. Wondering if Polywood® shutters
- our best-selling solid polymer shutters - are a better value than MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or hollow vinyl shutters? Here are three ways Polywood shutters are preferred over composite shutters in San Antonio, TX .
1. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Durability
Polywood shutters are made from a first class solid polymer that results in the most color-retention, durability, and rigidity than any other shutter available. With that, the shutter louvers won't be damaged over time. On the other hand, composite shutters are fabricated from a pressed-board core, encapsulated in poly-vinyl. The vinyl wrapping the pressed board also peels away from the core element readily. And this peeling is accelerated in hot, humid, and wet surroundings. Hollow vinyl shutters are another option for non-wood shutters. But they disintegrate the fastest because of the elements.
Both forms of non-wood shutters are susceptible to deterioration and warping under varying weather conditions in San Antonio. Polywood is crafted with UV inhibitors that divert heat. And because heat is the main problem in chipping the shutter louvers, Polywood is hands down the most durable plantation shutter for your home.
2. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Color Fastness
Polywood shutters come in three exceptional white paints. We bake these paint finishes on each part at temperatures hotter than it will ever get in San Antonio, TX. This patented finishing process uses UV inhibitors to ensure the color will never fade.
Other types of non-wood shutters come with low quality paint finish. And some composite shutters won’t even have any paint finish at all. In the majority of cases, the vinyl wrap is the color you end up with. This finish may look good initially, but it fades with time. And as to hollow vinyls, some are painted. With the vinyl being a heat conductor, this negatively affects the finish day after day.
3. Polywood vs Composite Shutters Energy Efficiency
Third party tests illustrate that Polywood shutters shield against 30° of temperature and lead to reduction of heat transfer by up to 45%. That’s how Polywood insulates up to 70% better than the top solid wood shutter.
Polywood’s insulating properties are a result of the solid polymer material. Yet what makes Polywood even more energy efficient than composite shutters is the weatherstripping on louvers and panels. All you have to do is interlock the weatherstripping pieces when closing the panels. This gives you a very tight seal against the weather conditions outside. No matter how far and wide you look, there isn’t a composite shutter that can give you the energy savings close to that of Polywood.
Our Team In Vegas’s First Hand Experience With The Durability Of Polywood Shutters
Back in 2004, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas had Polywood shutters attached to the sides of their trucks as part of the graphics. The trucks were parked outside and withstood the natural elements Nevada is known for. That’s extreme heat for five months out of the year!
Those Polywood shutters had been fastened to our vehicles for almost 7 years at that point. Our team carried out an investigation to see how effective Polywood is in retaining the original paint color. We wiped the Polywood shutter that was on the truck clean. And we brought a new Polywood shutter and held it up next to it to compare. The color was the same. There wasn’t any visible signs of fading or discoloration. It was further validation for our team that our paint finish is indeed the best around!
And since Polywood can endure all that abuse and heat travelling on a truck for more than 7 years, it’s undoubtedly the long lasting shutter for your residence in San Antonio, TX.
Contact Us For An Estimate On Polywood Shutters For Your San Antonio Home
Want to know more about Polywood shutters? Call for an in-home design consultation. Our experts bring shutter samples to your home, including the louver sizes, frame styles, and color options available. We measure the length and width of your windows to provide you with the most precise shutter estimate. And once we’ve installed your shutters, they’ll fit your window beautifully. Our experts also explain the details of the lifetime warranty we provide for these shutters. Call 210-876-0377
or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!